The Kyneton property scene is just getting better

Around 10 years ago, not many people knew about Kyneton. Maybe the Kyneton sign was spotted in a driver’s periphery on a drive to Bendigo from Melbourne but other than that, Kyneton was an unknown town to most of Australia.

In 2018, things look a lot different.

With the influx of young professionals with fresh business ideas moving to town, a vibrant food and wine scene, as well as surroundings that are brimming with natural attractions, Kyneton has become quite the hot spot.

While the demographic of people moving are professionals with young families, another group finding their way to Kyneton are retirees who wanted to set up their life close to Melbourne without the trappings (and costs!) of city living.

Domain Group data shows Kyneton’s median house price rose 27 per cent over the past five years. And it doesn’t seem to be slowing, either.

The one-hour proximity to Melbourne remains a massive drawcard for people moving to Kyneton. But the five minute lifestyle where access to high quality hospitals and healthcare, education and sporting facilities, as well as easy shopping seals the deal for many people seeking the convenient and relaxed lifestyle Kyneton offers.

On weekends, the town is alive and pumping with weekenders and day-trippers helping the restaurant and retail sector thrive. Galleries, festivals and art activations are common in Kyneton, bringing crowds both local and beyond.

But locals agree the strong sense of community remains unchanged despite a wave of new people moving into the area.

Many things have changed in Kyneton while some of the most important things remain the same. Community and lifestyle remain the prime reason people choose to live in Kyneton.

 

So what exactly IS the Kyneton style?

When you think about Kyneton, what images spring to mind?

Is it the bluestone architecture or the home overlooking the rambling Campaspe River? Or perhaps it is the rich agricultural pastures or the cosy village vibe?

Whatever image you conjure, it is true that Kyneton has its own distinctive style.

Here is a little of what you might find in and around Kyneton.

The Definitive Weatherboard

      

A mainstay of classic Australian architecture, the weatherboard is particularly prominent within the Kyneton township. And grey is the colour of the moment. Exterior palates in grey tones across Kyneton bring forth an understated elegance.

1960-80s Brick Veneer

This era of homes is dotted throughout town with delightful gardens populating the brick veneer surrounds. Introduced shering in a conservative and plain brick veneer style suited to the working class roots of Kyneton and surrounds.

The Classic Victorian Style

Dotted throughout the region are classic Victorian homes that are still as stylish as ever. Once owned by prominent commercial and community leaders, a classic Victorian residence is possibly attainable if they appear on the market.

 

Architectural Designs

From the unique to the fabulous pre-fab, Kyneton is dotted with some award-winning and highly desired architectural designed residence. Contemporary meets country is a perfect abode for this thriving community.

Modern Australian Family Home      

Modern Australian families find themselves in modern Australian homes that are affordable and exemplify good design. Kyneton is a growing community so it is not uncommon to find pockets of houses ready for the modern Aussie family.

The benefits to selling your property over Christmas

* This article was first published in the December Midland Express

Are you trying to sell your home just as everyone else is putting their Christmas tree up? Don’t fret! There are some known advantages to selling through Christmas and New Year.

There are some challenges to selling your property through the Christmas holidays. Many agents shut shop and have a break, buyers are distracted with the silly season and many of us are just plain tired!

But if you are selling your property over the Christmas holidays, don’t stress! It actually might be a good thing.

With the spring selling season slowing down, there are buyers still on the lookout for their next property. Christmas time is less competitive and house hunters who missed out on a spring sale are still actively looking.

After Christmas, people’s schedules slow down which means more time for them to scout and view properties. The motivation to start the year off with a new home purchase is not something sellers should discount.

Consider also that there is less competition. Selling at the height of spring means you’ll house needs to stand out from the pack. With fewer properties listed during christmas and New Year, buyers have less prospects to choose from.

At the end of the year, people are reflective and inventive. Buying a house is often on people’s mind as one of their new years goals and doing that sooner sets the momentum for the year to come.

In a hot market like Kyneton, listing over Christmas might be a strategic move in securing a sale with just a special few houses on the market.

For more on how to you maximise a Christmas sale, head to jenniferpearce.com.au

 

Why people love to live in Kyneton

It’s true! Kyneton has become the epicenter of cool in regional Victoria.

A once booming piece of the supply chain for the Central Goldfields is now the hotspot for savvy property investors. In 2016, Money magazine named Kyneton as one of their top 50 places to be.

So what exactly is it about Kyneton that attracts buyers?

Proximity to the city and the airport

With a fast train and a great run on the Calder Hwy, Kyneton is smack bang in between Bendigo and Melbourne, making this an excellent choice for the professional commuter.

Better still, the airport is only 35 minutes away which is about the same time it would take someone from Brunswick to travel to the airport.

Epicurean Spoils

Piper Street has become a renown food hub for those seeking local produce made with attention and care. With a concentration of quality operators who value seasonality and good old fashioned hospitality, the spoils of Piper Street are just another reason people want to stay.

Arts and Culture

 With the influx of urban tree-changers came a wave of creative and dynamic professionals enhancing the cultural identify of the town. With an annual calendar bursting with events to suit everyone, the arts and culture scene in Kyneton is one of envy for other communities. The Lost Trade’s Fair, the Kyneton Music Festival, classes at the Stockroom amongst others is a considerable draw card for those wanting to immerse in a cultural life.

Facilities and amenities

When a town has a hospital, people stay. When a town has excellent schools, libraries, thriving retailers and service, more people will come. Kyneton has become a town that people do not have to leave if they need a service or facility. And with a population of older people as well as younger families, this appeal should not be discounted.

 

Its beautiful!

Let us not forget what makes Kyneton truly wonderful. It is beautiful. Historic streets with bluestone beneath your feet. Giant oaks that rain colour upon you every autumn and the mighty Campaspe River flowing as the main artery of the town. Kyneton remains a country town at heart and its community is proud of all that it is.

My top 5 tips for selling your house in autumn

So we’ve already talked about how autumn is one of the best times to sell your house. So now what?

Here are my top sure-fire tips to help you sell your house this autumn.

1. Make sure your garden is looking its best.
Rake the leaves a few times a week to ensure that the garden looks its best for inspection days. If you can, buy some mature autumn flowering shrubs to plant near entryways to greet potential buyers. Pay attention to your outdoor living space just as you would the interiors. Autumn is the perfect time to showcase the exterior of your home because we all know that first impressions go a long way.

2. Commence the de-clutter
This may seem like an obvious one but you’ll be surprised at how many people still don’t understand the value in getting rid of the junk. Mail stacks on the bench, shoes in the hallway, kids paintings on the fridge – it’s time to tidy the house and keep it like that until the home is sold. And while you are at it, try depersonalising the house as much as you can. Buyers want to imagine living in the house however seeing photographs of you on every wall and hard surface might stop them from doing that.

3. Little fixer-uppers count
You may not have the budget to completely renovate the bathroom before you put the house on the market, but the little fix-it jobs around the house can make all the difference. Tighten loose door handles, remove excess hooks from walls and patch them, repair the leaking tap, put new cushion covers on the couch. All of these small things can amount to a large impression.

4. Ditch the bulk – if you can!
Your furniture should fit the scale of the room. That bulky desk that used to belong to grandma might have sentimental value, but its size might de-value the sale price of your house. Put the bulky furniture in storage for the selling period and give your home spacious flow.

4. Let there be light!
Before the gloom of winter hits, make the most of the autumn light. Open all of the windows and let the natural light stream in. If there are dim areas in your home, place a floor or table lamp in those areas to brighten up the space. Inviting people in to a well light home helps them feel at ease and welcome.

So if you are planning on selling your home, take advantage of the magical autumn months. This could be your season.

Kyneton property market has bloomed in spring

If you were looking to buy property in Kyneton over winter, you will have noticed there has not been a lot of opportunity. However, spring is here, and has brought with it new property listings, and great opportunities to buy in the local area.

While there is always a demand for property in Kyneton, during June, July and August this year, buyers lacked choice as relatively few properties were placed on the market.

Spring has seen a revival in the local property market, with more properties being listed, providing many new opportunities for potential buyers.

With interest rates at an all-time low, first home-owners, and investors are in good positions to take advantage of the new properties on the market.

It is also a good time for local buyers who are looking at upsizing, or downsizing, but haven’t been able to find their ideal property and streetscape.

The properties in most demand at the moment are renovated or unrenovated early 1900s weatherboards, and Californian bungalow style homes within walking distance to the main streets and cafes.

The house pictured above is a 1890s period home in Mair street is a great example of the type of properties that are currently available. This particular home was put on the market in October 14th, and sold on October 17th.

If you have been looking for that ideal home in Kyneton but haven’t been able to find it, now may be the time to get back in touch with the local real estate agents to see what new properties have come on the market. You may be pleasantly surprised!

Jennifer Pearce – Raine & Horne

www.jenniferpearce.com.au

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